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Wall color for buttermilk cabinets!
lbohde
January 13, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Help! I have a new kitchen and the opportunity to paint the adjoining family room and dining room. I'm a color person and the browns beiges just aren't doing it! Here's my kitchen. The dining room has Benjamin Moore barley for now, foyer is cranberry, and thing of sand for the family room due to newly stacked stone covered fireplace. Help with the kitchen! Granite is creamy brown with maybe a hint of gold and possibly cranberry or more purple cranberry....pic 2 is hall wallpaper pic 3 is valance for dining room for the barley color. Tried yellow but failed (pic 4)
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intoit
How would you feel about using a rich apricot paint in the kitchen? I know colors are hard to represent on a computer, but it looks like a rich apricot would compliment the cabinets and blend well with your other elements.
January 13, 2013 at 7:08am     
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lbohde
Granite is creamy brown:
January 13, 2013 at 7:09am   
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lbohde
Interesting idea intoit! I will try :) Any others?
January 13, 2013 at 7:10am   
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collettec
I could see something in a dark saturated blue. Maybe a navy. Of course would check anything in person with paint cards against the granite and cabinets.
January 13, 2013 at 7:13am     
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Chroma Design
Since you're a color person, how about going full tilt color. My suggestion is a triadic color scheme. With your existing reds and yellows, the other component in a triadic scheme is blue. How about a rich blue that verges to navy such as BM HC-156 van deusen blue. It will harmonize with your kitchen elements (cabinets, countertop) and create a visual flow with the rich saturated wall colors in the other rooms.
January 13, 2013 at 7:20am     
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Chroma Design
Emzc, Good thought! You beat me to it, I'm a slow typer!
January 13, 2013 at 7:22am     
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mpoulsom
i think you should maybe go with green walls in the kitchen....
January 13, 2013 at 7:26am     
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readerskeeter
Love the idea of apricot. Warm, inviting, stimulating and perfect for a kitchen. The correct shade will do wonderful things with the cabinets and play nicely with the rest of your color palette.
January 13, 2013 at 7:29am     
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jnkelly1018
I have almost the exact same cabinets and granite counters and I used Sherwin Williams "Blonde". It is a goldish color. It compliments the colors you have (also in your dining room) It is more subdued than the yellow you tried so it will complement your cabinets
January 13, 2013 at 7:52am     
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Sunlight Properties Ltd
Why not continue the Cranberry theme and paint the kitchen walls that colour? It ties everything together and would not be overwhelming due to the large expanse of cream cabinetry, it also goes perfectly with the dining room valance.
January 13, 2013 at 7:55am     
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lbohde
Jnkelly can you post a pick? I would really love a yellow I think
January 13, 2013 at 9:14am   
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Design Mode
Take your fabric, a swatch of the wallpaper, a small drawer off the kitchen, a chunk from your countertop (from the removed sink area), to your nearest trusted Paint Store. Their employees would/should love to give you samples to take home, if not, to rent out the palette to you. Tape the chip samples to your walls and live with them for a few days, looking at the chips under different times of day, and lighting. If you are still divided, you can get small amounts made and paint samples on your walls to live with.
Pittsburgh Paint has small $2.00 pots of their popular Designer Collection colours which makes decision making less painfull. The Harmony Collection>Morning Rose>Damask Rose is the perfect, fresh, bright, warm collection for a kitchen - very similar to your current colours. http://www.voiceofcolor.com/collections/harmony/morning-rose
Heart's Content or Sweet Annie are nice, and make a statement, in my opinion.
January 13, 2013 at 10:02am     
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jnkelly1018
This is Sherwin Williams "Blonde" Duration (washable matte) Kind of beige/mustard/gold feel. Not too bright--kind of subdued. We get a lot of natural light in this room so it might look darker in another room that doesn't have the western exposure we have.
January 13, 2013 at 10:11am     
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lbohde
Beautiful jnkelly! Thanks!
January 13, 2013 at 10:26am   
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janishill
Look at your table cloth. It has the perfect color combination; yellow, cranberry and green with touches of white (buttermillk.)

Here are some suggestions:

1) Rich, lively green: http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/sycamoretree

2) Deep, classic green: http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/oakgrove

3) Beautiful, muted green: http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/mountainlane

and last but not least:

4) http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/buckinghamgardens

Notice the bottom of the drapery panel in the first picture.
January 13, 2013 at 10:52am     
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Mary Metzler
Your kitchen looks beautiful. I was wondering if you can tell me the type of wood and stain color of your floors? They look like they are the perfect brown. I am struggling with picking a stain for red oak floors. I like Jn Kelly's suggestion. Thanks!
January 13, 2013 at 11:08am     
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Judy M
I have off white kitchen cabinets, I used Benjamin Moore "Tree Moss", my dining room (adjacent to kitchen) has a green and cranberry wallpaper ( like your foyer) and my family room off the opposite side of kitchen is "oriental silk" a muddy yellow tone.
January 13, 2013 at 11:14am     
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lesleycullen
I think Janishill got it right. One of the Benjamin Moore greens will look great, Green will give you a pop of color and flow nicely with the colors you are working with already. If you don't have alot of natural sun light and / or you have northern exposure in the Kitchen, be sure to pick one of the warm greens and not to dark. Benjamin Moore colors are my favorites.
January 13, 2013 at 11:28am     
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Judy M
I have an almost identical glass front display cabinet like yours at the end of the counter, too. I think a green color in kitchen would pic up the green in your fabric.
January 13, 2013 at 11:30am   
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jnkelly1018
The green ideas are all nice to go with your cabinets but if you're already set on the barley/green tone in your dining room that will match that valance you already have...then I'd stay in the golds/beige/caramel color in your kitchen. The other idea is to do the green in the kitchen and a cranberry in your dining room. But I think the red/cranberry dining rooms have been done a lot...beautiful, but not very unique.
January 13, 2013 at 11:46am     
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intoit
Green in a kitchen can be a real downer, especially in the evening, but guess that depends on the shade. We did a green kitchen thinking we loved the color ended up having to repaint in order for the kitchen to feel more welcoming.
January 13, 2013 at 12:37pm   
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janishill
intoit...it depends on the undertones; warm undertones verus cool undertones. Warm undertones have yellow in them - the sunshine color and always feel welcoming. Cool undertones have blue/gray in them which can feel cold and uninviting.

Here are two paint colors that are similar, but have differing undertones:

Warm undertones: http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/buckinghamgardens

Cool undertones:http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/centralpark
January 13, 2013 at 1:58pm   
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makiki
Hi- I love your kitchen floors, too! What are they?
Thanks.
January 13, 2013 at 2:07pm   
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intoit
Thanks janishill. I am an artist and very aware of the warm and cool greens, however, we used a green that was warm like the first link and it still felt dreary to us. I'm sure there are shades of green that would work and maybe our lightening was not good enough.
January 13, 2013 at 2:27pm     
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flic004
beautiful cabinets, what about BM Tuscany (1208). I have it in my living room and people love it, goes well with other rich colors and the paint specialist that recommended it said she has done it in den's and kitchens: http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/tuscany as you can see it goes great w/cream, blues and greens.
January 13, 2013 at 4:29pm     
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lbohde
Mary M - my floors are white oak and have a mixed stain on them. It is 2 parts Rosewood I believe and 1 part another color (name escapes me at the moment :(..). The floor guy has one more coat to do so I will ask for you!
January 14, 2013 at 7:18am   
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lbohde
All great ideas!! Thank you all!! I'm so bad with color I really appreciate all the specific color responses. My contractor has agreed not to paint the kitchen until the granite is in so I will be painting some more samples. More to come ...:)
January 14, 2013 at 7:23am   
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lbohde
Janishill - how can I see larger versions of the rooms you posted? Only the 1st 1 when tapped on blows up to a large window size photo. Maybe you can post the links?
January 14, 2013 at 7:24am   
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Granite Transformations
I definitely agree with the Mountain Lane Green from Benjamin Moore- http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/mountainlane

I was actually thinking of that color while looking at your cabinetry and accessories. Good suggestion!

Good luck!
January 14, 2013 at 7:27am   
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lbohde
Also.... Adding to my confusion is my living room is BM Mint Julep. NG I know (painted a long time ago and always felt too cool) and I'll have to paint that room next, but I'm thinking green in there. Photos to come!
January 14, 2013 at 7:28am   
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Lili
What would you say to deep turquoise and burnt orange? I can really see a nice deep turquoise on the walls and maybe some dark orange glass backsplash tiles! Copper backsplash would be lovely too :)
January 14, 2013 at 7:30am     
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Mary Metzler
Your kitchen looks amazing! Thanks so much for answering about the floors. They are beautiful.
January 14, 2013 at 7:34am     
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Judy M
It's time to repaint our kitchen (similar color cabinets) and I am sticking to green again, but I'm gonna try a historic color Georgian green. I will probably try several shades of green until I get the right one.
January 14, 2013 at 7:38am   
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Judy M
Here are some photos of my green in kitchen, it's hard with the backsplash to find places where cabinets and wall meet, but we also have a fireplace in kitchen and that shows the color. This is the Tree Moss color
January 14, 2013 at 7:48am     
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Arranged To Sell, LLC
Crisp Architects
South Tampa Custom Home

I love your kitchen!

I would suggest a green color for the walls. If you are using the valance you pictured, try to match the green in that.
January 14, 2013 at 7:49am     
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janishill
lbohde...I Googled kitchens painted green and these came up. (and it was a Google search..not Yahoo, etc.)

Judy M...the tree moss is lovely in your kitchen, but it has cool undertones which would not work with her buttermilk cabinets as they have warm undertones.
January 14, 2013 at 8:04am     
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janishill
Ibohde...here is the link for the second picture: http://www.cozybliss.com/modern-green-painted-kitchens/
And here is the link for the third picture: http://www.houzz.com/green-paint-in-kitchen
It is one side of the same kitchen (1st picture) that Arranged To Sell, LLC posted
The Houzz page shows it from several angles.
January 14, 2013 at 8:20am     
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Judy M
I admire people that can tell "cool" from "warm", if my current color is "cool" (and works with my cabinets) and I want to change it, am I on the right track with Georgian green? Tree moss seems to have a gray undertone and to me Georgian green has more yellow, so I am confused on how to lighten the room up a little but still keep it green. I prefer dull, muddy color to bright colors.
Any advice on sample colors I should try? (Prefer BM colors)
January 14, 2013 at 8:26am     
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Jeffrey Brooks Interior Design
Lots of great ides already. The suggestion to use Apricot really intrigues me. You might use Apricot on the walls and paint the interior of your glass front cabinet the same, or a different color altogether. Another thought would be to use white for the backsplash, feature the glass cabinet in Apricot, add subtle interest to the ceiling with a pale grey-blue and combine all in a flat weve area rug, window treatment and accessories.
Finally, because the valance in your Dining Room is a plaid in Red/Green/Gold/White you could go with something unexpected. A Taupe, Mushroom, or Gray with warm overtones would look rich with the Buttermilk cabinets and read like a continuation of your Dining Room and make the stone countertops stand up. Use Greens for accents and Green/White/Taupe for backsplash materials.
January 14, 2013 at 8:39am     
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Jeffrey Brooks Interior Design
Oh, a nice shade of paint for you could be Benj. Moore "Interlude" AF-135, and "Elk Horn" AF-105 would kick booty! Look at the range of Taupes and Mushrrooms in the room and do a test on the wall so you can check it out in daylight and evening. This approach is not for the faint of heart but the payoff will be striking. Good Luck!!!!
January 14, 2013 at 8:43am     
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Design Organize
No one has asked you your style yet. Are you contemporary or traditional? How old are you? If you are younger and more urban, I would go a rich tangerine or cranberry. The greens are more traditional and older... unless you go with a rich forest green.
Good for the person that recommended turquoise. In the right shade it could look yummy against the cream and pop off the cranberry. Periwinkle is also a foil against all the cream and brown and can look really dramatic.
I believe strongly in repainting if you don't like the finished result. It's a can of paint, not a marriage to one wrong color.
ALSO, be sure to look at your colors in all types of light. So many of them muddy and look gray at night. The ones that get grayed out are pale colors, so I would recommend that your choice of hue be more in the midrange of the palette. No matter the color you choose it will have enough oomph to not gray out at night.
Best to you! DesignOrganize.com
January 14, 2013 at 9:03am     
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readerskeeter
Yea! We're back to the apricot. Consider an apricot with power and personality, not your Grandmother's pastel. It's the kitchen, you need a tad of energy in there. It's just paint remember, not nailed down or installed like the rest of the room. If apricot doesn't float your boat, go with one of the other perky colors, like the burnt orange or perhaps a melon. I like the suggestion of cabinet interior painting. Try the punch color there if you aren't sure about large doses and use a quieter color like one of the greens in the rest of the room.
January 14, 2013 at 9:04am     
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readerskeeter
As for the backsplash, after living with mine undecided, and therefore unfinished, for two years, I impulsively covered it one day with washable wallpaper and have loved it ever since! The paper is easily changed if my style changes and adds color and interest without the severity of a tile installation.
January 14, 2013 at 9:12am     
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janishill
Judy M - Georgian green still has cool undertones.

Grasshopper is similar in saturation, but has warm undertones: http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/grasshopper

You should purchase a sample pot, paint a foam core board adn look at it throughout the day in differnt light. Move it around and leave it in one place for a day or two then move it somewhere else and look at it. Then you'll know if you are going to like it before a commitment is made.
January 14, 2013 at 1:15pm     
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Judy M
Thanks! I have used the foam core board idea before, it is effective. I'll try the Georgian Green and I might try my Current color tree moss at a reduced formula.
I've done before when I like a color but sometimes they are too dark for my space.
I've used Shaker beige, hot stone springs and golden straw at 1/2 value.
My paint store advised this trick.
January 14, 2013 at 1:44pm     
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janishill
I usually add white (or beige depending on the color), stir, paint an area, look at it a couple of days and either go with it or add more of the light colored paint. I have done that for years and have always been able to get the exact shade I want. Not recommended for those that are color challenged! :-)
January 14, 2013 at 4:09pm     
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lbohde
I am a young 50 :) and live an hour outside of NYC! I tend to be traditional but have gone "transitional" (I think anyway) with the new decor....
I love all the suggestions but I fear the turquoise would be too drastic for me! I love the green ideas and the Apricots (can you suggest one that's warm?). My son's idea early on was blue (!) so I may look at those too. (Blue suggestion anyone?)

The room is north facing so not as much natural light as I would like. Different cabinets with led vs incandescent Lites too! Not as "yellow" with LEDs...

Thanks again for all the help!
January 14, 2013 at 8:43pm   
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Alyssa Choplin
After much deliberation I just did my kitchen in Benjamin Moore Hawthorne Yellow and its beautiful.
January 14, 2013 at 9:05pm     
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kathy
hi. My kitchen cabinets appear to be a similar colour as yours and my kitchen also faces north. My walls are painter in Home Depot Behr paint, colour " Clair du Lune" #300E-3. It's a neutral with some yellow, but not mustard-y.
January 14, 2013 at 9:14pm     
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I think apple green would be fun and cheerful.
January 14, 2013 at 9:18pm     
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intoit
Your kitchen is lovely.....agree that warm colors are a must with north facing windows. SW 6339 is a warm apricot color that would go with the buttermilk cabinets, but I'm sure there are many more.
January 15, 2013 at 4:31am     
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Mary Metzler
Good luck with your decision. I think your kichen is beautiful, Would you mind finding out exact stain mix for your floor? I love the color.
January 15, 2013 at 5:00am     
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Gabberts Design Studio
Gorgeous room! WIth the fabrics you posted, I would suggest a red or yellow. I love that you're not afraid of color!
January 15, 2013 at 5:21am   
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bookwoman1
I see a lot of green in your granite and imagine that would be nice and mesh well with the colors you have. In the future, or for a change, you might consider wiping a sheer coffee/tabacco glaze on your buttermilk cabinets to tie into the browns in your granite and floor. I'm about to paint white cabinets a creamy color and do the same.
January 15, 2013 at 6:21am   
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Carrie
My mom did her kitchen in pumpkin orange (attached a photo of the colour). Her cabinets are cream with black knobs and she has an array of brown tumbled marble for her backspash tiles. She has an accent wall in a terra cotta red. It all works great together. Have to add that her living room is adjoining the kitchen and is in a light khaki for the main part of the room and a pale aqua feature wall for her dining room. She's pulled in the art work in oranges and reds on her dining room wall.
January 15, 2013 at 6:28am     
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kasp1021
Since you love color, try a version of the cranberry. It is always cheerful and will blend with the rest of your house. If you haven't picked your backsplash yet, go for something fun and bright! How about a mosaic of creams, reds/cranberries,, pumpkin and maybe a turquoise with some stainless steel accents!! Stay away from yellows. Good luck!
January 15, 2013 at 6:42am   
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Jeffrey Brooks Interior Design
OK, the suspense is killing me! Have you come to a conclusion?
January 22, 2013 at 9:36am     
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lbohde
Not Yet! LOL - I JUST got home from a business trip in London and the Granite is installed! I can now see what accents are in it and I'm leaning towards cranberry! A new picture about to be posted..... I promise I will post a final picture. I'm not LOVING my new kitchen yet :( I'm just really bad at designing .....
January 26, 2013 at 9:21am   
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lbohde
A few pix of granite:
January 26, 2013 at 9:42am   
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lbohde
I just feel like so far the colors are all too neutral. Neutral can be great for ability to change but its a bit boring to me! Lol here's the family room nearby --> this I love!
January 26, 2013 at 9:46am   
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lbohde
Here's the dining room also adjacent to kitchen with valance. I'm a bit disappointed in how close BM Barley is to the buttermilk crown but with dark cherry furniture I suspect I won't notice..
January 26, 2013 at 9:50am   
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lbohde
More granite- I believe I see cranberry but also goldish orange. Is there enough cranberry to pull it off with that on the walls?
January 26, 2013 at 9:52am   
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mpoulsom
it looks like there is enough to me! still think a greenish color would have been neutral, but not too neutral!
January 26, 2013 at 9:57am     
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janishill
Cranberry and cherry furniture?

I still think green would be the best choice: http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/savannahmoss

or this: http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/lichengreen
January 26, 2013 at 10:21am     
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readerskeeter
Wallpaper backsplash for indecisive people like me to liven up a neutral kitchen with buttermilk upper cabinets and coffee colored lower. The colors are picked up in an area rug under the table and the chair cushions and curtains. Temporary fix that I have fallen in love with!
January 26, 2013 at 1:42pm     
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Jeffrey Brooks Interior Design
get a few samples of paint up on the walls in about a 1-foot square, use two coats and look at it in daylight and evening. Maybe you cab bring in the Cranberry with accent pieces on the counter and use
a color from out of the blue on your walls. Green can act like a good foil for anything, so can the right shade of coral (check out Benny Moore "Italianatte" Aura-AF215 or B.M. "Anjou Pear" Aura-AF425).
January 26, 2013 at 2:44pm   
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lbohde
Thanks All - I will go back to the paint store and do just that. Janishill, the cherry furtniture is in the dining room, not the kitchen. The kitchen is a rectanglular room in the back (north) of the house, with the dining room visible from the kitchen, on the South side of the house, through sliding pocket french doors. Does that make sense? I don't have a kitchen table that matches or fits yet - if I even get one. I may just use 4 island stools in the kitchen (to be purchased) so can use any wood that matches.
January 26, 2013 at 4:55pm     
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lbohde
PS - Green is NOT out of the question :) Janishill - I really like the 4 greens you posted near to the top....
January 26, 2013 at 4:59pm   
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lbohde
Thanks Jeffrey! Those colors are quite muted and may be very nice. I need to seem them live I think, the computer isn't doing it :)
January 26, 2013 at 5:04pm   
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